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Published on March 9, 2014

Author: Ceri-LeighLongmore



English Literature
William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE The world’s greatest playwright

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 1564 -1616 37 plays 154 sonnets



SHAKESPEARE’S GENRES Comedies Histories Tragedies


Romeo and Juliet was written by William Shakespeare in 1595

INTRODUCTION Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare’s best known works It is a tragic love story of the doomed love affair between two teenagers from 2 feuding Italian families

Romeo and Juliet has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of people

PROLOGUE The setting is Verona, Italy and it is the story of two wealthy families. Even though the families hate each other, their children fall in love. Their love meets many obstacles and because of a misunderstanding, they die for love. Their death brings the two families together and mends the feud.

Themes in The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Love Fate Hate


Characters Lord and Lady Montague are Romeo’s parents. They are a noble family, and one of the richest and most powerful families in Verona’s society. Romeo’s parents Lord and Lady Montague Romeo Montague Mercutio Romeo’s friend

Lord and Lady Capulet are Juliet’s parents. They too are a noble family, which means they were wealthy and important in Verona’s society. The Capulet are ruthless and like things to be done their way Juliet Capulet Tybalt Juliet’s Cousin Juliet’s parents Nurse Juliet’s attendant Lord and Lady Capulet

ACT I Shakespeare establishes an on-going feud between the Montague and Capulet family Juliet’s father decides that even though Juliet is only 13 it is time to find her a husband Romeo (a Montague) and Juliet (a Capulet) meet and fall in love

ACT II Capulets challenge Romeo to a duel and Romeo’s friends fear for his safety Friar Laurence conspires with Romeo to arrange a secret marriage By the end of Act II… Romeo and Juliet are married!

ACT III  Duel between Romeo and Tybalt  Romeo kills Tybalt  Romeo is banished from Verona  Juliet’s father announces that she shall wed Paris in 3 days  Juliet seeks the advice of Friar Laurence where, unbeknownst to her, Romeo is hiding

ACT IV  Juliet threatens to commit suicide rather than marry Paris  Friar Laurence convinces Juliet to fake her death in order to be with Romeo  Juliet follows the Friar’s plan, and her corpselike body is discovered by her nurse

ACT V  Romeo receives word that Juliet is dead  He buys a fast-acting poison and travels to Juliet’s tomb so that he may die beside her  Romeo drinks the poison!  Juliet awakens and stabs herself to death with Romeo’s dagger  The feuding families end their feud and erect golden statues of the lovers.


SHAKESPEARE’S THEMES In today’s world many of Shakespeare’s themes still apply. People fall in and out of love, people hate each other, and people seek revenge.

THE NATURE OF THINGS PEOPLE In the 400 years since Shakespeare wrote his plays, people have not changed much. Shakespeare wrote about humanity’s basic naturehow people interact, how people fall in love, how people express fear, anger, and doubt

RELEVANCE Shakespeare’s plays remain relevant today because the situations presented still apply Romeo and Juliet - young people still fall in love against their families’ wishes. It may not be as bloody and violent but there is still conflict

CERI-LEIGH LONGMORE University of Johannesburg

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